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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Classic New York

ESPN Classic celebrates the glorious history of the New York sports scene with two days of programs highlighting some of the Big Apple's best moments. When you play in New York, you play on the world's biggest stage.
Babe Ruth
Red Sox fans don't sit around talking about Babe Ruth or their team's impending doom.
With all of the adulation and attention comes unbelieveable pressure. If you can make it playing there you'll make it anywhere.

The most storied team in all of professional sports, the New York Yankees, resides in the Bronx. Led by such icons as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, the Yankees have won a record 25 World Series.

The New York Mets, a subway ride away in Queens, have won two championships since their innaugural season in 1962. The 1969 "Miracle Mets," a 100-1 longshot when the season began, claimed the team's first World Series title.

The New York Knicks, playing in the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, have won two NBA titles. In one of the NBA's classic moments, injured Knicks center Willis Reed's appearance in Game 7 of the 1970 Finals inspired his team to a 113-99 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers and its first championship.

Madison Square Garden is also the home of the New York Rangers. The Rangers ended 54 years of frustration in 1994 when they claimed their fourth Stanley Cup championship.

Out on Long Island, New York Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cup titles from 1980-83. In one of the most memorable games in NHL history, the Islanders won their first championship in a thrilling Game 6 overtime classic against the Philadelphia Flyers.

New York's football teams had their share of glory as well. The Jets, led by quarterback Joe Namath, won the 1969 Super Bowl. The Giants won Super Bowls in 1987 and 1991 led by all-everything linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

ESPN Classic will present great games and profiles of these teams and athletes throughout the weekend. Here's our Classic New York schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 23 - ESPN Classic New York

  • 11 a.m. - Super Bowl XXI
    January 25, 1987
    Giants vs. Broncos

    Led by Phil Simms, the Giants beat the Broncos 39-20. Simms hit 22 of 25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns.

  • 11:30 a.m. - Super Bowl XXV
    January 27, 1991
    Giants vs. Bills

    The Giants win 20-19 as Scott Norwood's last second field goal drifts wide right.

  • Noon - Super Bowl III
    January 12, 1969
    Jets vs. Baltimore Colts

    MVP QB Joe Namath guarantees a win then leads the Jets to a 16-7 victory.

  • 12:30 p.m. - Up Close Classic: Joe Namath

  • 1 p.m. - 1969 World Series, Game 5: Orioles @ Mets
    Baltimore leads 3-0, but a two-run home run by Donn Clendenon in the sixth, after Cleon Jones' shoe was nicked by a pitch (shoe polish on the ball proved it,) and three more runs in their final two at bats secure a 5-3 Mets victory and a four games to one World Series victory.

  • 3 p.m. - 1986 Big East Tournament Final: St. John's vs. Syracuse
    Though Syracuse's Pearl Washington sets the conference tournament record with 14 assists and is the tournament MVP, his last second shot is blocked as St John's wins 70-69.

  • 5 p.m. - 1994 NBA Eastern Conference Final, Game 7: Pacers @ Knicks
    Patrick Ewing's dunk gives the Knicks the lead for good on the way to a 94-90 victory and a berth in the Finals for the first time in 21 years

  • 7 p.m. - 1978 World Series, Game 6: Yankees @ L.A. Dodgers
    After losing in Game 2 of the Series, Catfish Hunter allows only two runs in seven innings as the Yankees beat the Dodgers and win their second consecutive Series.

  • 9 p.m. - 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 7: Vancouver Canucks vs. New York Rangers
    The Rangers win their first Stanley Cup in 54 years, 3-2, led by Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brian Leetch.

    Sunday, Sept. 24 - ESPN Classic New York (con't)

  • 9 a.m. - SportsCentury: Babe Ruth

  • 10 a.m. - SportsCentury: Joe DiMaggio

  • 11 a.m. - 1986 World Series, Game 7: Boston Red Sox @ Mets
    The Mets win the World Series with a 8-5 victory, overcoming a 3-0 deficit. Series MVP Ray Knight homered to lead the comeback.

  • 1 p.m. - 1980 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6: Flyers @ Islanders
    Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach's Flyers tangle with the Islanders' Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier in an OT thriller that produces a new hockey hero.

  • 3 p.m. - 1996 World Series, Game 6: Braves @ Yankees
    Yankees win 3-2 and take the series behind the pitching of Jimmy Key.

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